Tesla Enters South Korea As Model X Signature Series Deliveries Begin In U.S.


Diplomacy war game TeslaMondo


Tesla has registered for business in S. Korea and named local officers, says here. If true, it means we need to update the scorecard in this international automotive war game.

Japan: Toyota and Honda fool cell stronghold. Tesla invasion underway despite massive government effort to prop its home FCV team.
S. Korea: Hyundai fool cell stronghold. Tesla invasion soon.
N. Korea: Fool stronghold.

Of course, deep down. TeslaMondo believes the world’s entire ICE fleet will eventually be replaced with zero-emissions transport. That leaves plenty of room for Tesla, its EV rivals, and fool cell vehicles, a.k.a Rube Goldberg transport.

On the ICE front, Musk and others propose that VW make a big commitment to electric vehicles as part of a plea bargaining agreement. To the extent that VW represents the ICE Axis in Europe, this is tantamount to losing Normandy.

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Model X Signature Series Deliveries To Start This Weekend

Why stop the war analogies now? The Ride of the Valkyries has begun in earnest. The Model X signature series apparently will ship by the hundreds, as hoped, before world comes to an end Dec. 31, 2015. Well, that is indeed how investment analysts see the world. Tesla needs to deliver at least 50k vehicles by that day or else.

Signature Series # 2 To Be Delivered This Weekend

Signature Series # 2 To Be Delivered This Weekend

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19 Comments on "Tesla Enters South Korea As Model X Signature Series Deliveries Begin In U.S."

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I don’t know if S Korea is FC stronghold. With SoulEV, and upcoming Hyundai, they seem to be coming to their senses. I can’t wait for Tesla to invade N Korea!


I don’t think they are a ‘stronghold’. Yeah, Hyundai/KIA is making some fuel cell vehicles. But I think, like Honda, they’ve now realized that path is not looking good and they have now announced many plug-in cars that are on the way to showroom floors. And not just compliance cars like the KIA Soul EV.


I also believe Honda and Hyundai/Kia have effectively given up on FCEV.

I think that only leaves Toyota among the big manufacturers with no publicized plan for PHEV/BEV.


Hyundai/Kia believe that hydrogen fuel cell vehicles are the future.

“Dr Sae Hoon Kim is the head of environmental research and development for Kia and parent company Hyundai, and a passionate believer in the hydrogen fuel cell as the future solution to mobility.”

“The trend is towards plug-in hybrids, but by 2025 you will be seeing fuel cells from a lot of manufacturers.”

“There is no more enthusiastic supporter of the fuel cell in the auto industry than Kim.”

“The future is hydrogen from renewables. . .”



Dr. Kim may feel that way.

But Hyundai announced a new pure EV:

And Hyundai now has a 2016 plug-in hybrid Sonata:

Actions speak louder than words.



If Japan is any indication (even with local battery partner Panasonic providing some support on trade shows and in pop-up stores), these markets are very hard to crack.

The Model S and X are simply too big for most of Asia’s streets and parking spaces.

The sales success in HK has been the exception to the rule in the region.

Tesla sales all over AsiaPac are low and dropping Superchargers and service/sales points in these huge territories is a waste of money at this stage.


S and X are “Foot in the Door” products. The real invasion will be carried by Model III.


0nly,if & when it becomes a reality with a long Range…& doesn’t look like a Cartoon Car ,Like., for example “The Bolt” the Leaf & so on….


You could say the same about the UK, yet people see no problem with driving large SUVs here.

Yes the Model S is a big car but I don’t think it’s unusable in markets where other large cars do sell in significant if not huge numbers.


Russia would be even Better(no joke!)


Very creative selection of images.


I think this is easily the most bizarre article I’ve ever read on InsideEVs.

To use the “Risk” analogy… “fool cell” car models, even all taken together, have one army… and Tesla has 100. There is no real contest here. Even ignoring the Tesla Model S, I expect the Model X to be outselling worldwide sales of all FCEVs within six months.

Three Electrics

Comparing sales is a bit nonsensical. Both EVs and FCEVs are compromised vehicles at the moment, which is why they have less than one percent market share even natural gas vehicles outsell them 3 to 1. That is changing rapidly, but for now it’s pick your poison.

Big Solar

how many model x have been sold so far??


InsideEVs estimated 15 Model X deliveries as of the end of last month. But now Tesla is moving from Founders’ Edition to Signature Edition, so hopefully production will speed up soon.

Perhaps my memory is playing me false, but it seems like the pace of ramping up production of the Model X is even slower than it was at the beginning for the Model S. While disappointing, I don’t find that surprising, after Musk’s comment about the Model X being the hardest car in the world to make. I don’t know that legacy auto makers would agree, but obviously Tesla is finding it hard.


I saw another Model X on the road today. Of course, it might have been the same one I saw before.

I wish they had stuck with the nose cone instead of the Toyota-ish looking grille.


Diplomacy. What a great game.


The advantage of hydrogen is its storage capability. When the sun is shining and everybody is at work solar/hydrogen plants make hydrogen from water on-site and store it. The same cannot be accomplished by batteries unless you have redundant batteries.

Anti Lord Kelvin

Unfortunately, you can’t store Hydrogen as you store potatoes! Hydrogen is the most tricky and tiny element in nature. Yes, maybe at some time we will be able to produce, from renewable and water, hydrogen almost every where we will need it. But for keeping it you need to compress it or cold it, and it’s a very energy consuming process. Furthermore, you need very secure tanks (I would not imagine having an hydrogen tank in house) and very secure pipes between these tanks and fuel cells. Remember, hydrogen will explode without any spark needed when it attained a 18% concentration in the air. When you see what a methane or propane tank do when it exploded in a house, imagine an hydrogen one. Surely not one on my garage nor any system of producing Hydrogen based in rooftop solar panels and water or having a unit with batteries or algeas producing it from my water waste. Even though at the end of all of that you will need a battery. So why not solar rooftop directly to the battery and forget all the very dangerous and energy consuming foll cells?